Let’s Cooperate

I’m off to a wedding today (woohoo! I watched wedding shows all morning so I’m extra-lovey and super excited!), so check back next week while I hope to get caught up on posts that have been stewing in my brain for weeks.

But let me remind you about this little initiative… well, scratch that. It’s a big deal.

The Bethlehem Food Co-op is rolling along, full steam ahead.

WE NOW HAVE T-SHIRTS, BUTTONS, BUSINESS CARDS AND BROCHURES! Go to the website to learn more about how you get any of these wonderful things to spread the good word.

A committee is currently working on putting together a cookbook for a fundraiser and you’re going to want to get one, because no one can ever have too many cookbooks. Ask me, I know. If you’d like to know more or be a part of it, send an email to info@bethlehemfood.coop

The next Bethlehem Food Co-op meeting is open to ANYONE, and will be this Thursday, April 19th at 7pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Center Street in Bethlehem. Bring a friend, bring your kids, bring cookies.

On Saturday, April 28th, we will be part of Bethlehem’s Earth Day celebration with information and be part of activities for the kids!

Poster in progress, Christian Weber Creatives. I'll replace this with a real one when he sends it to me.

Speaking of Bethlehem, starting this May the NEW Historic District Farmer’s Market will begin at the Sun Inn Courtyard, right there downtown (walking distance, hey now!) on Thursdays from 11am-3pm. The Co-op will be around with an information table and helping the vendors if they need it.

If you would like to be involved in ANY of these wonderful projects, leave a comment and I’ll help you get in touch with the right people.

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YEAR-ROUND WEEKLY FARMERS MARKET IN BETHLEHEM: New! Indoors in Winter Months! In the Most Unlikely of Places!

I support endeavors that make healthy food affordable and accessible, especially when they are organic and extra-especially (?) when they are local.*

So when you take the wonderous oasis that is a Farmer’s Market and find a way to make it a year-round event, noteably even  during freezing Pennsylvania winters, everyone benefits.

But here’s the punchline to… well, not to a joke, exactly, but it doesn’t seem to fit at all: This is happening in the Westgate Mall on Schoenersville Road.

Stay with me now.

The Westgate Mall, in short, can be summed by up watching the viral video of David at the Dentist – Is this real life? That said, I think everyone, even wacky abandoned strip malls, deserves a chance to explore a fresh start and a newly improved identity. 

So! The Westgate Mall Farmer’s Market was born, and I heartily applaud whoever got it running. Aside from the benefits of having a Farmer’s Market, I hope this can serve to propel the Westgate Mall into better status, bring in new merchants that last longer than 2 months and offer needed businesses.

Here’s the basic info:

WESTGATE MALL FARMERS MARKET:

  • Every Wednesday, Noon-7pm
  • Year Round
  • Located in the Middle of the Mall inside the Main Entrance
  • Currently 17 Vendors

Large flags wave near the road on Market days.

You CAN'T MISS the market because one of the vendors sells flags. Lots and lots of flags. It's weird and kitschy and alright by me. Why not?

Collard greens and squash, yum.

Ed from The Verba Farm

Apple Ridge Farm bakery items

It was wonderful to meet first hand even more of the farmers and vendors that have expressed interest in our Co-op project (see two pervious posts). While yesterday was the first day and the number of vendors was low, more will be coming in as the weeks progress and it’ll be wonderful to be able to shop for local goods past November. This is a really great time to kick this off as other local outdoor markets just wrapped up for the season.

Read more about it via Lehigh Valley Live

(*As a vegan I advocate products free of animal ingredients)